Today’s quote (up to April 30, 2011)

April 30, 2011

What would the world be, once bereft of wet and wildness?

Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet;

Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

— Gerard Manley Hopkins

April 29, 2011

Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

April 28, 2011

When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself, “Yes, indeed, all that belongs to me.”

— Henri Rousseau

April 27, 2011

In every out thrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is a story of the earth.

— Rachel Carson

April 26, 2011

Who knows the flower best? – the one who reads about it in a book, or the one who finds it wild on the mountainside?

— Alexandra David-Neel

April 25, 2011

Most people are on the world, not in it — have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them — undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.

— John Muir

April 24, 2011

Pluck not the wayside flower; It is the traveler’s dower.

— William Allingham

April 23, 2011

The Amen! of Nature is always a flower.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

April 22, 2011 — Earth Day!

Every day is Earth Day.

— Author unknown

April 21, 2011

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of  loyalty to the earth. . . . the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need — it only we had the eyes to see.

— Edward Abbey

April 20, 2011

There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.

— John Muir

April 19, 2011

How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of the earth is sacred to  my people.

— Chief Seattle

April 18, 2011

The wind, a sightless labourer, whistles at his task.

— William Wordsworth

April 17, 2011

April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.

— T.S. Eliot

April 16, 2011

Man, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments, owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.

— Author unknown

April 15, 2011

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.

— Bill Vaughan

April 14, 2011

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

— Rachel Carson

April 13, 2011

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.

— Gaylord Nelson (co-founder of Earth Day)

April 12, 2011

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.

You know how it is with an April day.

When the sun is out and the wind is still,

You’re one month on in the middle of May.

But if you so much as dare to speak,

a cloud come over the sunlit arch,

And wind comes off a frozen peak,

And you’re two months back in the middle of March.

— Robert Frost

April 11, 2011

Again the blackbird sings;

the streams Wake, laughing,

from their winter dreams,

And tremble in the April showers

The tassels of the maple flowers.

— John Greenleaf Whittier

April 10, 2011

Learn to see, and then you’ll know that there is no end to the new worlds of our vision.

— Carlos Castaneda

April 9, 2011

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.

— William Shakespeare

April 8, 2011

What you see depends on what you’re looking for.

— Source unknown

April 7, 2011

An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only great curiosity but great fulfillment.

— David Attenborough

April 6, 2011

The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn,

And violets bathe in the wet o’ the morn.

— Robert Burns

April 5, 2011

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

— William Shakespeare

April 4, 2011

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;

Behind the clouds the sun is shining;

Thy fate is the common fate of all,

Into each life some rain must fall,

Some days must be dark and dreary.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

April 3, 2011

Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment.

— Ellis Peters

April 2, 2011

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

— John Muir

April 1, 2011

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.

— Hal Borland

March 31, 2011

Happiness does not come from wanting to be somewhere else. Happiness comes from finding beauty and a stimulation or interest in the everyday surroundings in which you find yourself.

— Gavin Pretor-Pinney

March 30, 2011

Keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily, visiting the natural world.

— Catlin Matthews

March 29, 2011

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.

— W. Earl Hall

March 28, 2011

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.

— Henry David Thoreau

March 27, 2011

The whole of nature is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive.

— Dean William R. Inge

March 26, 2011

We cannot think too highly of nature, nor too humbly of ourselves.

— Charles Caleb Colton

March 25, 2011

Man is a complex being; he makes the deserts bloom and lakes die.

— Gil Stern

March 24, 2011

As soon as there is life, there is danger.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

March 23, 2011

Bad weather always looks worse through a window.

— Tom Lehrer

March 22, 2011

The perils of duck hunting are great — especially for the duck.

— Walter Cronkite

March 21, 2011

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.

— Doug Larson

March 20, 2011 — It’s official! Spring arrives at 7:21 p.m.

The wild hawk stood with the down on his beak

And stared with his foot on the prey.

— Lord Alfred Tennyson

March 19, 2011

The exact sciences also start from the assumption that in the end it will always be possible to understand nature, even in every new field of experience, but that we may make no a priori assumptions about the meaning of the word understand.

— Werner Heisenberg

March 18, 2011

The nightingale has a lyre of gold,

The lark’s is a clarion call,

And the blackbird plays but a boxwood flute,

But I love him best of all.

For his song is all of the joy of life,

And we in the mad, spring weather,

We two have listened till he sang

Our hearts and lips together.

— William Ernest Henley

March 17, 2011

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green  tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.

— Martin Luther

March 16, 2011

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

— Zen proverb

March 15, 2011

With all things and in all things, we are relatives.

— Sioux saying

March 14, 2011

Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint.

— Robert Frost

March 13, 2011

We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth.

— Shenandoah saying

March 12, 2011   The day after unspeakable tragedy in Japan

Whoever saves one life saves the world. — The Talmud

March 11, 2011

He who plants a tree

Plants a hope.

— Lucy Larcom

March 10, 2011

We’re all downstream.

— Jim and Margaret Drescher

March 9, 2011

Nature is a collective idea, and, though its essence exist in each individual of the species, can never in its perfection inhabit a single object.

— Henry Fuseli

March 8, 2011

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.

— Pablo Picasso

March 7, 2011

All was silent as before

All silent save the dripping rain.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

March 6, 2011

Nature uses as little as possible of anything.

— Johannes Kepler

March 5, 2011

Our posterity will wonder about our ignorance of things so plain.

— Seneca

March 4, 2011

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,

If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,

If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun

And crocus fires are kindling one by one:

Sing robin, sing:

I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.

— Christina Rossetti

March 3, 2011

March is an in between month, when wintry winds are high.

But milder days remind us all, Spring’s coming by and by.

— Author unknown

March 2, 2011

The Waters are Nature’s storehouse in which she locks up her wonders.

— Isaac Waltonn

March 1, 2011

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. — Hal Borland

February 28, 2011

True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.

— Edward Hoagland

February 27, 2011

It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man. — Henry David Thoreau

February 26, 2011

Go forth under the open sky, and list

To Nature’s teachings

— William  Cullen Bryant

February 25, 2011

Winter tames man, woman, and beast.

— William Shakespeare

February 24, 2011

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.

— Chief Luther Standing Bear

February 23, 2011

In a way Winter is the real Spring — the time when inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.

— Edna O’Brien

February 22, 2011

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.

— Margaret Mead

February 21, 2011

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.

— William James

February 20, 2011

In the bleak midwinter

Frosty wind made moan,

Earth stood hard as iron,

Water like a stone;

Snow had fallen, snow on snow,

In the bleak midwinter,

Long ago.

— Christina Rossetti

February 19, 2011

During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks.

— John James Audubon

February 18, 2011

The swan, like the soul of the poet,

By the dull world is ill understood.

— Heinrich Heine

February 17, 2011

It is my intention for the Earth

That the air be clear,

That the water be pure,

That the ground be nurturing,

That all living things

Exist in harmony and balance.

May we and our descendants

walk in beauty all of our lives.

— Frank Saxton

February 16, 2011

When one has faith that the spring thaw will arrive, the winter winds seem to lose some of their punch.

— Robert L. Veninga

February 15, 2011

It is apparent that no lifetime is long enough in which to explore the resources of a few square yards of ground. — Alice M. Coats

February 14, 2011     Happy Valentine’s Day!

Even after all this time,

The sun never says to the earth,

“You owe me.”

Look what happens with

A love like that.

It lights the whole sky. — Hafiz of Persia

February 13, 2011

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. — Charles Darwin

February 12, 2011

Accuse not Nature, she has done her part; Do thou but thine! — John Milton

February 11, 2011

When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

February 10, 2011

Nature is not human-hearted. — Lao-Tzu

February 9, 2011

The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else. — Barry Commoner

February 8, 2011

There’s one good thing about snow. It makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbour’s. — Clyde Moore

February 7, 2011

Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;

And reigns the winter’s pregnant silence still;

No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,

And willow stems grow daily red and bright.

These are the days when ancients held a rite

Of expiation for the old year’s ill,

And prayer to purify the new year’s will.

— Helen Hunt Jackson.

February 6, 2011

I’m not an environmentalist. I’m an Earth warrior.

— Darryl Cherney

February 5, 2011

Between earth and earth’s atmosphere, the amount of water remains constant; there is never

a drop more, never a drop less.

This is a story of circular infinity, of a planet birthing itself.

— Linda Hogan

February 4, 2011

Water is the Hub of Life. Water is life’s mater and matrix, its mother and medium.

— Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

February 3, 2011

He who plants a tree

Plants a hope.

— Lucy Larcom

February 2, 2011 — Snowmaggedon?

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.

— William Sharp

February 1, 2011

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. — Crowfoot

January 31, 2011

The birds are gone, The ground is white,

The winds are wild, They chill and bite;

The ground is thick with slush and sleet,

And I barely feel my feet.

— Author unknown

January 30, 2011

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill

will, in the end, take their revenge;

for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.

— Marya Mannes

January 29, 2011

Water is the driver of Nature.

— Leonardo da Vinci

January 28, 2011

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. — Henry David Thoreau

January 27, 2011

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee. — Bible

January 26, 2011

Men argue, nature acts. — Voltaire

January 25, 2011

Don’t blow it — good planets are hard to find.

— Anonymous

January 24, 2011

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. — Unknown

January 23, 2011

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. — John Lubbock.

January 22, 2011

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.

“So it is.”

“And freezing.”

“Is it?”

“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.” — A.A. Milne

January 21, 2011

When snow falls, nature listens.   — Antoinette van Kleeff

January 20, 2011

God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, “Ah!” — Joseph Campbell

January 19, 2011

The more we are separated from nature, the unhappier we get. — Author unknown

January 18, 2011

A wise man can do no better than to turn from the churches and look up through the airy majesty of the wayside trees with exultation, with resignation, at the unconquerable unimplicated sun — Llewelyn Powys

January 17, 2011

The more we exploit nature, The more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival. — Morris K. Udall

January 16, 2011

The poetry of the earth is never dead. — John Keats

January 15, 2011

Trying to save ecosystems has more to do with changing egosystems. — Don Rittner

January 14, 2011

Whatever befalls in accordance with Nature shall be accounted good. —  Cicero

January 13, 2011

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty. — John Ruskin

January 12, 2011

The snow had begun in the gloaming,

And busily all the night

Had been heaping field and highway

With a silence deep and white.

Every pine and fir and hemlock

Wore ermine too dear for an earl,

And the poorest twig on the elm-tree

Was ridged inch deep with pearl.

— James Russell Lowell

January 11, 2011

The birds are gone, The ground is white,
The winds are wild, They chill and bite;
The ground is thick with slush and sleet,
And I barely feel my feet.
—   Author not recorded

January 10, 2011

I’m not an environmentalist.  I’m an Earth warrior.  — Darryl Cherney

January 9, 2011

Forgive us our trespasses, little creatures everywhere. — James Stephens

January 8, 2011

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.  It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.  — Henry David Thoreau

January 7, 2011

Only when the last tree has been cut down, Only when the last river has been poisoned, Only when the last fish has been caught, Only then will  you find that money cannot be eaten. — Cree Indian Prophecy

January 6, 2011

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. . . — Anne Bradstreet

January 5, 2011

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way animals are treated. — Mahatma Gandhi

January 4, 2011

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry. — Richard Feynman

January 3, 2011

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey

I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day —  John and Michelle Phillips

January 2, 2011

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is

the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. — Crowfoot

January 1, 2011 — Happy New Year!

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. — Oprah Winfrey

spikeymom - March 19, 2011 - 9:33 am

Love the quotes from this week! *applause*

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